Robert Littal Presents BlackSportsOnline The Best in Sports & Sports Entertainment Sat, 25 Oct 2014 15:14:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Gameday Sign: Little Nicky’s First Halloween (Photo) Sat, 25 Oct 2014 15:14:19 +0000 ESPN College GameDay Built by The Home Depot

Shots fired at Alabama’s Nick Saban. Someone photoshopped Nick Saban into a Halloween outfit in a Wegman’s shopping cart.


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Gameday Sign: Ole Miss Offense Runs Like Obamacare Website (Photo) Sat, 25 Oct 2014 14:52:43 +0000 ESPN College GameDay Built by The Home Depot

Someone compared Ole Miss’ offense to the Obamacare website, that actually happened.


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Fan Shoves Corndog In Katy Perry’s Mouth (Video) Sat, 25 Oct 2014 14:43:24 +0000 KatyPerryCorndog

It all started with Katy Perry and a corn dog. And now we have these classic Gameday signs.

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Gameday Sign: Win or Lose We Don’t Live In Mississippi (Photo) Sat, 25 Oct 2014 14:20:40 +0000 ESPN College GameDay Built by The Home Depot

And now we have Mississippi slander. If you have driven through that state as much as I have you will understand why people say things like this.


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Gameday Sign: Katy Perry Likes Two Corn Dogs At Once (Photo) Sat, 25 Oct 2014 14:12:01 +0000 ESPN College GameDay Built by The Home Depot

The Katy Perry corn dogs jokes are flying everywhere in Baton Rouge.


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Gameday Sign: I Met Katy Perry On Tinder (Photo) Sat, 25 Oct 2014 14:05:05 +0000 ESPN College GameDay Built by The Home Depot

The Katy Perry slander is in full force in Baton Rouge.


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Gameday Sign: Ole Miss WRs Can’t Catch Ebola (Photo) Sat, 25 Oct 2014 13:55:43 +0000 ESPN College GameDay Built by The Home Depot

I knew the LSU fans would be in rare form this morning on College Gameday.


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Little League Fball Team Fined $500 For Winning By Too Much Sat, 25 Oct 2014 06:52:00 +0000 Peewee Football Team Fined For Breaking Mercy Rule

I understand having a mercy rule for little league sports because you don’t want kids to get discouraged when losing by a wide margin, but fining a team for winning by too much seems to be a bit much.

CBS 46’s Mike Paluska (h/t Andy Isaac) reports that the Lawrenceville Black Knights were winning 32-0 in the fourth quarter when eight-year-old Elijah Burrell caught an interception and took it to the house.

The resulting touchdown put the team over the 33-point mercy rule limit and triggered a $500 fine and an automatic one-week suspension for Elijah’s coach.

Elijah’s mother is surprised to see this special moment for her son go to waste.

 “We were all super excited, [Elijah] was beyond excited and we were fined for it,” Burdett told Paluska. “[Elijah] had no idea [he was breaking a rule]. This is his first year. This was his first touchdown. He is an eight-year-old boy making a pick-six.”

How do you tell an eight-year old not to score a touchdown because it’s breaking a rule?

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Raptors DeMar DeRozan Puts On Dunking Display vs Knicks (Video) Sat, 25 Oct 2014 05:27:27 +0000 Screen-Shot-2014-10-25-at-1.12.29-AM-620x336

DeMar DeRozan is coming off a career season, and it looks like he’s trying to capitalize off that for this year as he enters the 2014-15 NBA campaign.

The Toronto Raptors swingman was seen during Friday night’s preseason game versus the New York Knicks putting on aerial display with several different dunks.

Take a look below:

DeRozan finished the game with 15 points in an 83-80 victory.

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NBA Coach Compares Kobe Bryant To Wizards Michael Jordan Sat, 25 Oct 2014 05:24:52 +0000 Kobe-Bryant-Michael-Jordan-Lakers-Wizards

For any Michael Jordan fan growing up, it was tough for them watch him when he was on the Washington Wizards. He was putting up good numbers for his age, but he didn’t look like the MJ we were accustomed to. Washington didn’t even make the playoffs in both years he played for them.

One anonymous NBA head coach thinks Kobe Bryant has reached that status in his career now. According to ESPN’s Chris Broussard, who interviewed several anonymous executives and coaches, the coach thinks Kobe’s reign is over and is now basically second coming of the Wizards version of MJ.

“I’m in total agreement with those who say Kobe’s done,” he said. “Look, you could put any high-level two-guard on a bad team, let him jack up shots, and get 20 points a night. So Kobe will be able to do that. But they ain’t going to win. We don’t judge Kobe off scoring 20 points a night. We judge him off dominance, off: ‘Will they win 50 games, will they make the playoffs?’ But now, we’re not even talking about any of that…It’s like Michael Jordan in Washington. I, for one, didn’t want to see Michael’s last tour with Washington. Nobody did. When the Lakers play Philly and other low-level teams, Kobe will do whatever he wants. But when he plays good teams and gets doubled? That’s when we’ll see that he’s not the same player.”

Kobe is 36 years old and has two years left on his contract. Many expect that he will be done after his contract expires. If these are his last two years in the league, there are going to be a lot of comparisons to MJ.

If all goes as planned, Kobe will spend his last two years trying to drag a scrub team who has slim-to-none chances of reaching the playoffs. Frustration will be shown, but respect from fans and players will be gleaming.

That’s what happened to MJ in his last two years with Washington. Hopefully for Kobe’s sake, it doesn’t end in that disappointing, disheartening fashion.

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Bulls PG Derrick Rose Flies High For Dunk vs Timberwolves (Video) Sat, 25 Oct 2014 05:22:20 +0000 Screen-Shot-2014-10-25-at-12.53.36-AM-620x344

Based off how Derrick Rose has been playing this NBA preseason, we can finally put those jokes and memes to bed about the Chicago Bulls point guard.

Rose hasn’t played a full season in over two years, but he’s playing like he hasn’t lost a step. He showed that on Friday night in a preseason matchup versus the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Watch Rose fly high for this dunk below:

Rose finished with the game with 27 points.

It’s going to be exciting watching this Bulls team this season.

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Oregon Royce Freeman Blows Up Cal LB (Video) Sat, 25 Oct 2014 04:54:30 +0000 RoyceFreeman

Royce Freeman is having himself a year at Oregon and he has made it a habit of putting defenders on his highlight tape. Tonight he was at it again after he absolutely destroyed a Cal linebacker.

He literally made the linebacker tap out of the game. Better bring your big boy pads when you try to tackle this guy.

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DeMarcus Cousins Baptizes Lakers Robert Sacre (Video) Sat, 25 Oct 2014 04:52:57 +0000 NBA: Los Angeles Clippers at Sacramento Kings

This just isn’t right.


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Tom Izzo Dressed as Gene Simmons From KISS (Video) Sat, 25 Oct 2014 03:17:54 +0000 Tom Izzo KISS Gene Simmons

Izzo went all out for MSU’s Midnight Madness.

Yes that is the real KISS Band playing for Michigan State. They have to be the favorites to win the Final Four now.

H/T CBS Sports

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JR Smith Believes He Can Become Elite Once He Learns Triangle Sat, 25 Oct 2014 02:51:50 +0000 JR Smith 2

We all have hopes and dreams.

I am not a dream crusher, so I am just going to say I wish JR well on his journey toward elite status.

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Anderson Varejao to Be Starting Cavaliers Center Over Thompson Sat, 25 Oct 2014 02:37:30 +0000 Anderson-Varejao-Shooting-October-2014-e1414197170897-620x350

It looks like Anderson Varejao will be in the starting lineup at center for the Cleveland Cavaliers, beating out teammate Tristan Thompson for the role.

Cavaliers head coach David Blatt announced the decision to start the 32-year-old versus the New York Knicks on Thursday, according to ESPN. Varejao will join small forward LeBron James, point guard Kyrie Irving, shooting guard Dion Waiters and power forward Kevin Love in the starting 5.

The decision was made thanks to Varejao playing with James in the past when they were teammates from 2004-10 before James bolted to the Miami Heat. The 23-year-old Thompson, meanwhile, will come off the bench.

“That was more or less the idea of beginning with Andy just because those two guys are so good together,” Blatt said. “And Tristan is equally as efficient in either case. So, that’s more or less the basis, but it doesn’t mean that Tristan won’t be starting some of the games. I’m sure he will be. Just right now, that’s the way we’re looking to go.”

James, however, also has a connection with Paul since they both share the same agent in Rich Paul.

“They’re both high-energy guys, and they’re both a very, very key proponent and [piece] to our [puzzle],” James said. “One thing about Andy, he’s a veteran, he’s been a part of big games, and he kind of knows what’s going on at all times, and I think it’s his seniority that gets him the nod.

“He’s a guy who kind of plays under the rim and uses his touch and uses his quickness, and Tristan gives us the guy above the rim. So it’s great for those guys to complement each other, both with their ability to rebound, with their ability to finish around the rim. They just do it different ways.”

We’ll see how Cleveland performs on Thursday versus the Knicks, who will debut their new triangle offense.

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Report: Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders Nearly Signed With Patriots Sat, 25 Oct 2014 02:34:23 +0000 Emmanuel-Sanders-October-2014-e1414197959532

It wasn’t until last Sunday versus the San Francisco 49ers that Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders caught his first touchdown catch from Peyton Manning of the season. He’s been one of Manning’s favorite targets, but never caught the TDs.

Last night on Thursday Night Football versus the San Diego Chargers that all changed, as Sanders caught three touchdown passes in a 35-21 victory.

Sanders is an emerging star after being a bit in the shadows when he was on the Pittsburgh Steelers. Signed for $18 million under three years with the Broncos, it’s been a steal scoop-up for Denver this season.

The New England Patriots must be pissed, though.

According to CSNNE’s Tom Curran, Sanders almost signed with the Patriots before choosing the Broncos. In fact, if it weren’t for switching agents, you would have seen him catching passes from Tom Brady instead.

“If Emmanuel hadn’t switched agents, he may have ended up (in New England without much shopping),” Steve Weinberg, Sanders’ current agent, told Curran. “Emmanuel loved it there. He said, ‘Give me Danny Amendola’s deal and I’m there.’ ”

During the 2013 offseason, the Patriots picked up Danny Amendola under five-year deal worth a little over $28 million right after Wes Welker left for Denver. They also brought back Julian Edelman, and signed Sanders to an offer sheet. However, the Steelers would match since he was a restricted free agent.

The next year, Sanders was back on the market, along with Pats wideouts Brandon LaFell and Edelman. The rumor was the Denver would sign LaFell while Sanders headed to Boston, but ended up being the other way around.

Now the Broncos are rolling with Sanders as one of their primary targets, who’s likely heading for his first Pro Bowl. Meanwhile, where the hell has LaFell been?

With that said, I’m sure some Patriots fans are pissed.

“New England was competitive throughout the process,” Weinberg said. “Had they been aggressive from the beginning, it would have gotten done, but, in this market, nobody knew what to do with the wide receivers.

“New England expressed interest during the (pre-free agency) negotiation period. But the slow market made us want to go slow, too. Normally a team comes in and blows everyone away. Denver’s offer would have done that if they came with that offer right away.”

Ironically enough, the Broncos will take on the Pats next week on November 2.


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Preview: WWE Presents Hell in a Cell 2014 Sat, 25 Oct 2014 02:16:08 +0000 WWE_Hell_In_A_Cell_2014_Poster_With_Dean_Ambrose

As we head into this Sunday’s Hell in a Cell pay-per-view, there are plenty of matches gaining a ton of interest. From two matches inside of the Cell, to multiple title defenses, to a 2-out-of-3 falls match, there’s more than enough on the card to get the WWE Universe excited for this Sunday. Let’s take a look at the matches that will be taking place and who will likely leave Sunday victorious.


Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins (Hell in a Cell Match)

So if you’re WWE, how do you drum up interest in a pay-per-view lacking your WWE Champion? You put Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose inside the Hell in a Cell, that’s how.

Despite the fact that this match may not be the true main event (thanks Cena-Orton 324) this is by far the most anticipated clash on the card Sunday night. For months, these two former brothers have been battling and completely stealing the show. Due to a slew of injuries, Ambrose and Rollins have been thrust into the main event picture, and neither have disappointed. Ambrose especially has seized his opportunity and is by far the hottest wrestler on WWE programming week in and week out.

Before diving into this match, we must give credit where credit is due. When the Shield was busy running through the WWE roster, few would have predicted Seth Rollins breaking out as the top heel in the faction and Dean Ambrose of all people becoming the hottest WWE babyface since Daniel Bryan. But WWE went with the less obvious route and have absolutely hit a grand slam with their development. Including an injured Roman Reigns, the WWE has their next crop of main event stars for the next 10-15 years.

While any match in the Cell is unpredictable, one featuring two of the best in-ring workers in the company could be an all-time great. If you think that may be a bit of an over-exaggeration, you likely haven’t seen these two in a match before. There is no shortage of highlights from the few actual matches Ambrose and Rollins have had against each other.

The first time they competed was at Money in the Bank where Rollins cemented himself as one of the best bump-takers in the business today.

Then of course there was their classic battle on Monday Night Raw the night after Summerslam that gave us two of the most jaw-dropping moves we’ve seen in years.

These two meeting in the ring is a guaranteed highlight reel.

We got to this point after Ambrose beat John Cena in a Contract on a Pole match (so lame), earning himself a chance to get his hands on Rollins inside of the Cell. While Rollins has spent the better part of the past six months running away from Ambrose, there’s nowhere for him to go once that Cell door is locked.

Of course that doesn’t mean that Rollins is going to get destroyed in this match. Mr. Money in the Bank seems to always be one step ahead of those trying to take him out, and he has more than held his own in the ring against Cena and Ambrose during this month-long build up. And when the Authority is involved, Rollins always has a shot at winning a big match.

But seriously, forget storylines for a minute. Seth Rollins. Dean Ambrose. Hell in a Cell.

That’s enough to sell this match. These two are going to put on a show, and whether they close out the pay-per-view or not you might as well call it a night when they finish because there will be no topping this match.

And just in case you weren’t sure what these guys could do inside of the Cell, take a look at this awesome sequence from Monday night’s main event.

This is going to be incredible. Look for Ambrose to overcome the odds and pick up the win against his former Shield-mate.


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College Football Previews: Can Ole Miss Survive Their Trip to Death Valley? Fri, 24 Oct 2014 23:40:37 +0000 Bo Wallace

The month of October has been wonderful to college football fans. From Ole Miss’ upset of Alabama in Oxford to last week’s thriller in Tallahassee between Florida State Notre Dame, college football has been the gift that keeps on giving. For the final weekend in October all eyes will be on Death Valley in Baton Rouge as the Ole Miss heads to Tiger Stadium for a night game against LSU.

#3 Ole Miss vs. #24 LSU

This game features teams that have flipped flopped positions in the rankings from where we are used to seeing them. This isn’t the typical Ole Miss team we have grown to know and this certainly isn’t the LSU team that we’ve seen become a mainstay inside the Top 10 over the past decade. On one hand you have one of the biggest surprises in college football this year in Ole Miss who features arguably the best defense in all of the land, and on the other hand you have a very young, but also talented LSU team that has experienced some growing pains in 2014 with the infusion of talented underclassmen. With LSU’s struggles at the quarterback position and Ole Miss’ dominant performance on defense it would be easy to write off the Tigers in this matchup, but I’m not going to do that. Victories in Death Valley at night are rare and the Tigers seem to work some type of magic when playing at home. This is a perfect trap game for Ole Miss as they continue their quest for a perfect season and I think this game ends up being a close one.

Prediction: Ole Miss by single digits.

#19 Utah vs. #20 USC

This intriguing matchup features two very talented running backs in Buck Allen and Devontae Booker. The Utes come in off a double overtime victory over Oregon State in Corvallis and USC comes in fresh off of a blowout of Colorado. It will be interesting to see how Allen fares against Utah’s Top 20 rushing defense and to see if USC can take away Booker and and force Travis Wilson to air it out against a defense that leads the Pac-12 in interceptions. This is a game I can see going either way, but I am picking the Trojans to get the W on the road.

Prediction: USC by a TD

#14  Arizona State vs. Washington

Last week I predicted Washington to give Oregon more trouble than what they did and ended up looking a little foolish. I haven’t lost faith in the Huskies just yet, and I think they will keep this game against the Sun Devils a lot closer than there game against the Ducks. ASU comes off of a hard fought victory against Stanford, and they are likely to have starting quarterback Taylor Kelly back in the saddle when they take the field in Seattle. This isn’t the kind of game you want to be knocking off the rust in as the Washington defense is capable of giving ASU issues. Taking the Sun Devils in a close one, I think DJ Foster proves to be the difference.

Prediction: Arizona State by a TD

#22 West Virginia  vs. Oklahoma State 

West Virginia caught my eye early on in the year when they held their own against Alabama in Atlanta. After that they almost knocked off Oklahoma in Morganstown and they finally go over hump by taking down Baylor this past weekend. This team has placed themselves squarely in the thick of the Big 12 title race and they have a chance to take another step forward when they take on the Cowboys in Stillwater this weekend. Clint Trickett is a much improved play this year and he has one of the best wide receivers in the land in Kevin White on the receiving end of his passes. I think the Mountaineers continue their quest for the Big 12 title.

Prediction: West Virginia by 10

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Fantasy Football Bros Fight in the Park Over League Disagreement (Video) Fri, 24 Oct 2014 21:22:51 +0000 fantasy football Bros

I know Fantasy Football is serious business, but this is ridiculous.

I am going to assume this was over an unfair trade.

H/T SB Nation

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